Goodyear wants to end Sumitomo Rubber tyre joint venture
Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. Ltd has asked Sumitomo Rubber Industries Ltd. to end the two companies’ tyre joint venture in Europe and alliances in Japan and the US. According to a report published by the Kyodo news agency and reproduced by numerous sources online, the increasing influence of emerging economies (as opposed to the mature markets in the cooperation) is behind the move. A Japanese language statement on Sumitomo’s corporate website appears to confirm the report. Tyres & Accessories is seeking further confirmation and comment on this breaking news and will publish additional details as they become available.